Head of Aphrodite

Imperial Period, Antonine
about A.D. 138–192

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 159; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 111 (additional published references).


Other (Head only): 21 x 18 x 23 cm (8 1/4 x 7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.) Other (Head on historic socle): 32 x 18 x 23 cm (12 5/8 x 7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens; top of the head made in separate piece of marble

Not On View


The Ancient World



Broken at base of neck. Upper part of skull missing by an oblique break from just above the forehead to below the crown on the back. Nose somewhat damaged. Hairstyle is a complexity of looped and dangling strands with some of the hair combed backward to a loose bun below her headband and some strands pulled up at the front, probably to be tied into a bowknot on top of her head. In addition, two long locks of hair fall down onto her shoulders.

Scientific Analysis:

Harvard Lab No. HI713: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.43 / delta18O -4.99, Attribution - Pentelikon, Justification - Fine grained marble.


By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren; purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren in December 1901 with funds provided by Clement S. Houghton

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. Clement S. Houghton